Include social interaction elements in technological interventions that aim to promote social participation
Technological interventions aiming to promote social participation among older adults (with and without dementia) should incorporate a social interaction element.
Explanation and Examples
The number of people with dementia who live in the community and are socially isolated is growing. Social isolation can negatively affect health and well-being. Therefore, psychosocial interventions are needed to promote the social participation of people with dementia living in the community. A systematic literature review was conducted to explore the effects of technological interventions on the social participation of older adults with and without dementia. Findings from 36 studies suggest that technological interventions that include a social interaction element (e.g. face-to-face contact, phone calls, text messages) are successful in promoting social participation among older adults. Examples are group interventions that provide regular interactions within a group, or interventions that enable to connect and communicate with other people (e.g. family, friends, or other older adults).
ThemesDementia Designing technological interventions Older adults Social interaction Social participation
Target groupsResearchers evaluating effect of technology on social participation Technology developers
Type of evidence
Pascale Heins (DISTINCT ESR11)
Systematic literature review
Heins, P., Boots, L.M.M., Koh, W.Q., Neven, A., Verhey, F.J., and de Vugt, M.E. (2021). The Effects of Technological Interventions on Social Participation of Community-Dwelling Older Adults with and without Dementia: A Systematic Review. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 10, 2308. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm10112308